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Episode 160: Interview with Guildhall’s Ken Rea

acting training Jan 05, 2022

About Ken:

Ken Rea is Professor of Theatre at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and author of the bestseller, The Outstanding Actor, Seven Keys to Success.

He began as a professional actor and director in New Zealand, working with some of the country’s leading theatres and on television as well as running his own company, The Living Theatre Troupe. Later, in the UK, he was artistic director of Jet Theatre and Koru Theatre.

In addition to his work at Guildhall, he has taught in the national drama academies of China, Indonesia, India, Italy, and New Zealand, as well as in Germany, Greece, and Canada. He has also worked as a movement coach with many theatres, including the Royal Shakespeare Company. 

He has been a regular feature writer for The Times and was for 15 years a theatre critic for The Guardian. His book, A Better Direction, examines the issues of director-training. His plays produced in Britain include The Brave Magicians of Mangalore ...

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Episode 159: Tools for the Crazy Times

core work Dec 29, 2021


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When crazy times come up, I use these:

  • This too shall pass
  • Exercise
  • Nice cups of tea or coffee
  • Eat regularly
  • Nice blanket
  • Keeping close with the energy that knows best
  • Inviting that energy into my day
  • Keeping as physically, mentally, spiritually fit as I can

It’s not about doing it perfectly.

"Do not treat someone like a priority to treat you like an option."

"Anyone can eat an elephant one bite at a time."

"Whatever I put before taking care of myself I am going to lose."

"If you’re hysterical, it’s historical."

Trace it, face it, erase it.

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Episode 158: Voice Dubbing w/ Director Wolfie Trausch

business tips Dec 22, 2021

About Wolfie:

Wolfie Trausch is an in-demand voice-over director, casting director, voice actor, and loop group coordinator.

He works as a freelance English Dubbing Director for the top dubbing houses in Los Angeles, and directs an array of genres, from dramas to comedies, animated series, and video games. Some top credits include Netflix's To The Lake, Amazon's Parot, and HBO's Laetitia.

What is dubbing?

How dubbing is different.

Rhythmo Band by Voice Cue

Leave your baggage at the door and have an openness to play, be present, and be on time.

How to be a great dubber:

  • Fully commit to the acting
  • Timing is key
  • You’re matching a performance
  • All the technical aspects
  • You are doing one pass
  • You’re the principal

How have things changed since covid?

  •  We were all in studio
  •  Internet latency

Union vs. Nonunion

The rise of Dubbing

Biggest Pet Peeves:

  •  Being late for a session
  •  Difficult to schedule
  •  Not honoring your...
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Episode 157: The Emotional Challenges of the Holidays

core work Dec 15, 2021


Check out classes for January!

December can feel like a sprint.

Take care of yourself first.

Understanding no is a complete sentence.

Sometimes being with certain people requires your number 10 energy. When you’re with them, you need to have number 10 energy to deal with the number 10 challenge.

It may be best to limit your time and exposure to them.

Melody Beattie's The Language of Letting Go
  1. Dealing with your feelings but try not to dwell unduly on them
  2. Allow yourself to just be in the day
  3. There may be some holiday backlash
  4. It’s ok because we're all doing the best we can at the moment
  5. Allow yourself to embrace and be with the love that IS available
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Episode 156: Interview with Jason Linere White

acting training Dec 08, 2021

About Jason:

Always in constant movement, be it in social media, ADR/Looping groups, teaching martial arts, speaking at VO conferences, or bringing characters to life with motion and performance capture - it’s no wonder that Jason has been referred to as the “Jackie Chan” of voice over. Starting out as an on-camera childhood actor in Los Angeles, he quickly understood how to breakdown scripts, and find the “heart” of the story. Jason believes the reason is… The "inner-city."

Growing up in multiple rough neighborhoods, and experiencing hardships at a levity different than most, he taught himself to utilize these raw emotions to bring characters he would audition for, to life. With a smile on his face and a cartoon version of himself everywhere, he’s known throughout the VO community to be genuine and reliable. His rare ability to translate “director language” into “actor language” at a rapid pace is a skill that he...

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Episode 155: Rep Gifts & The Challenge of the Holidays

business tips core work Dec 01, 2021

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What to get your reps for the holidays:

$25 gift is fine

Avoid food and alcohol

Who to give to:

  • Casting Director who you’ve booked a few jobs through over the years
  • Agent and/or Manager
  • Casting Director Agent or Manager who you’ve gotten a lot of stuff through get something a little more expensive

What to get:

  • Movie Tickets
  • Amazon Gift Card
  • Find out if they like something
  • Favorite restaurant
  • Donate to a charity
  • Flowers


Holiday Triggers:

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie:

"There are many positive triggers that remind us of Christmas (or Hannukah): snow, decorations, songs, wrapped packages, a nativity scene, or a star, stockings hung on a fireplace. And these "triggers" can evoke in us the warm, nostalgic feelings of the holiday celebration.

There are other kinds of triggers, though, that may be less apparent and evoke different feelings and memories.

Our mind is like a powerful...

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Episode 154: Interview with Award Winning Casting Director Judy Henderson

business tips Nov 24, 2021

About Judy:

Judy Henderson has been honored by The Ross Reports as one of the top 20 US Film Casting Directors.

Highlights include Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting in a Drama Series. 2 Emmy nominations for Outstanding Casting in a Drama Series. 4 Artios Awards for Outstanding Achievement TV Series and Theatre Drama Casting. Artios nomination for Independent Film Feature Casting, and 8 Artios nominations for Off-Broadway Theatre Drama Casting.

She has cast innumerable national on-camera and voice-over television commercials. She is a member of the Casting Society of America and Local 817 of the Teamsters Theatrical Union. Select Film credits include Before Midnight, Paranormal 2, 12 and Holding, L.I.E. (6 Independent Spirit Award Nominations, Winner of Best Debut Performance Award), and Before Sunrise. Select TV credits include Homeland-(Emmy Award and 2 Artios Awards - Showtime Series), Love And Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story (Fox), and Land of Little Rain (PBS). Broadway credits...

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Episode 153: The Fear of Failure

core work Nov 17, 2021

What is the fear of failure?

Just like the fear of success, the fear of failure is about taking responsibility, but it’s a little bit different.

The fear of success is about will I be able to handle that success and all that responsibilities when it happens.

With the fear of failure is will I be able to handle the responsibility that is in front of me now?

Will I be able to handle the success and the responsibility of what is in front of me now?

Remember you will never be given more than you can handle but you will be given more than you can control.

The fear is survivable.

You are not responsible for your first thought but you are responsible for your second.

When all the negative thoughts come like a freaking freight train, stop scaring yourself.

You can handle this.

Use your mind to govern your brain.

You are scaring yourself, and you need to understand why.

There is a part of you that is trying to keep you “safe” and comfortable.

No one ever ever EVER got...

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Episode 151: Interview with Independent Casting Director Adrienne Stern

business tips Nov 03, 2021

About Adrienne:

Adrienne is a renowned Independent Casting Director.

Her films have premiered at Sundance, Toronto, Cannes, Tribeca, Berlin, South by Southwest, Seattle, and many other prominent film festivals, many taking home prestigious awards. She is always working and always keeping an eye out for new talent. She cast both film and TV Union and Non-Union. Please check out her IMDB and her website 


U.S. Theater Programs that Adrienne feels put young actors in the industry right out of the gate:

  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Point Park
  • BU
  • NYU
  • Howard University
  • Elon
  • Temple

Tips for finding the right school:

  • Look at alumni
  • Think about what you want and what’s the best fit for you
  • Have a second thing that makes you just as happy

How do creatives contact you?

  • Often work with a lot of clients
  • Don’t want to turn down a project, because they will find someone else and they will become part of their family
  • Writer, director, or...
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